The UN travel agency said on Monday that international tourist arrivals tripled in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2021, with Europe leading the recovery from the easing of coronavirus-related restrictions.
According to the Madrid-based United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in the first three months of 2022, the number of tourists from all over the world was 117 million, compared to 41 million in the same period a year earlier, with the numbers showing an increase of 182 percent. .
While the figure remained 61 percent lower than in the first quarter of 2019, the year before the pandemic, it showed that tourism continues to recover “at a fast pace” as “restrictions ease and confidence returns,” the report said.
“Of an additional 76 million international arrivals in the first three months, about 47 million were registered in March, indicating that the recovery is gaining momentum.”
The growth was particularly noticeable in Europe, which received almost four times as many arrivals as in 2021, i.e. by 280 percent.
Strong growth was also seen in the Americas, where arrivals more than doubled to 117%, and the Middle East to 132%.
“The gradual recovery is expected to continue throughout 2022 as more destinations ease or lift travel restrictions and pent-up demand is released,” the agency said in a statement, pointing to “a significant increase in flight bookings.”
By June 2, 45 destinations (two-thirds of which were in Europe) were no longer subject to COVID-19-related restrictions, while more destinations in Asia began to ease restrictions.
However, the UNWTO remained cautious about the coming months, given the risks associated with the “difficult economic environment” and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“It appears that the Russian offensive into Ukraine has so far had a limited direct impact on the overall results,” the report said.
He warned that this had “serious economic impacts around the world” due to increased fuel and energy costs, “resulting in higher transport and accommodation costs for the tourism sector”, which could affect the recovery of the sector.
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